Click the link below to read the article published in the May 2017 edition of Manufacturer’s Business Association magazine Business Magazine featuring guest columnist Tom Tillman, Vice President of Sales at Jersey Shore Steel Company and a member of the MBA’s Williamsport Policy Committee.
JERSEY SHORE STEEL COMPANY JOINS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TRADE MISSION TO LATIN AMERICA
Jersey Shore, PA. — Jersey Shore Steel Company is one of about 100 U.S. companies and organizations that traveled to Latin America for the U.S. Department of Commerce-led Trade Winds—Latin America trade mission and business forum.
Trade Winds—Latin America features a three-day business forum in Santiago, Chile, plus optional trade mission stops in Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay. At each mission stop, attending companies will meet directly with government leaders, market experts, and pre-vetted potential business partners in the region.
“The United States exported nearly $273 billion in goods in 2015 to the markets we’re visiting at Trade Winds,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Arun Kumar. “The companies and organizations participating in Trade Winds will connect to the most promising business opportunities in the region, and we are proud to have such a strong delegation.”
Jersey Shore Steel Company participated in the business forum in Chile and a mission stop in Peru.
For 78 years, Jersey Shore Steel Company (JSS) has been producing “high-strength, high-carbon” rail steel angles and shapes used in a variety of industries including Agriculture and Furniture. The high strength-to-weight ratio provides the same performance with less material in comparison to other steel products at a heavier gauge. This yields more pieces per ton reducing material costs as well as handling and shipping costs.
“Latin America presents a great opportunity and unique challenge for us,” said Jersey Shore Steel’s Vice President Sales, Tom Tillman. “We are excited about joining this mission and finding inroads to success in the region.”
This is the ninth year the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service has led Trade Winds, and the program has directly supported more than $239 million in U.S. exports in six global regions. The mission brought 100 companies to Latin America in 2014, and supported more than $11 million in U.S. exports.
Trade Winds is an important part of the United States’ Look South initiative, which encourages U.S. companies to explore opportunities with free trade agreement partners in Latin America. U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the initiative in January 2014.
Jersey Shore Steel Company was acknowledged as a 2016 Gold Level Supplier at the 2016 Supplier Summit held on June 23rd at the La-Z-Boy corporate headquarters in Monroe, Michigan.
The President and CEO of Jersey Shore Steel, Jack Schultz, and the Vice President Sales, Tom Tillman, were invited to attend the awards to receive this distinguished honor.
La-Z-Boy has three different levels of supplier awards – Gold, Silver and Bronze. Each month, LZB suppliers receive scorecards for different areas, such as quality, cost, delivery, customer service and innovation. The year-end average of all monthly scores is the determining platform on which the recipients are chosen. This year Jersey Shore Steel Company received a combined score 98.9/100 which elevated them to Gold Level status.
Jersey Shore Steel is a 78 year-old family-owned Made in the USA business that strives to be the supplier of choice for all their customers by providing superior rail steel products and services which improve their customers’ products.
Jersey Shore Steel Company was recognized as a Silver Level Supplier at the 2015 Supplier Summit held on June 24th at the La-Z-Boy corporate headquarters in Monroe, Michigan.
Jack Schultz, President and CEO, and Tom Tillman, Vice President Sales, were on hand to receive the award.
For many decades, Jersey Shore Steel Company has supplied La-Z-Boy manufacturing facilities with rail steel bottom rails used in motion furniture.
Supporting Trade Development
On June 26th, Tom Tillman, Vice President Sales at Jersey Shore Steel Company, met with Senator Gene Yaw, Senator Joe Scarnotti, Representative Jeff Wheeland and Representative Michael Hanna to discuss foreign trade and the important role the DCED’s Office of International Business Development (OIBD) plays in supporting PA based companies, increasing their export sales. Joining in the discussion was Noel Long, Director of Export Development at SEDA-COG and Peter O’Neill, Executive Director, Center for Trade Development, DCED’s Office of International Business Development (OIBD).
Mr. Tillman provided the Legislators with background how SEDA-COG and the OIBD assisted JSS as a resource to help navigate the complexities of exporting. Understanding the seller’s risk and cost is extremely important when selling internationally. Gaining an understanding of Incoterms, Certificates of Origin, harmonized tariff schedules, compliance reporting and screening for denied parties are some of the areas that were assisted. The support was invaluable and allowed JSS to export nearly 500 tons of vineyard trellising products to Peru and Colombia in the past year.
The potential for similar business in the next five (5) years is quite good and JSS wants to be positioned to be a major supplier to this emerging market.
Senator Yaw, who serves the 23rd Senate District which encompasses Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union counties, included the meeting in his E-newsletter published on Monday, June 28th. The full scope of the newsletter can be accessed by visiting www.senatorgeneyaw.com.
For the third year in a row, Jersey Shore Steel has been selected as a finalist in the Platts Global Metals Awards, one of the most comprehensive awards programs in the steel and metals industry!
Jersey Shore Steel was named a finalist for the “Industry Leadership Award” that recognizes first movers, venturing away from the status-quo and willing to take risks with the courage and conviction to make fundamental changes in the way they operate. Innovation and a commitment to progressive thinking define these leaders. Finalists were chosen from a long list of nominations and will be considered in the final judging by an independent panel of distinguished metals sector experts.
The committee has acknowledged the innovations at JSS to improve both yield and efficiency. Although JSS is considered a small business in relation to other steel making companies, they continue to make incremental improvements that have a profound impact to help Jersey Shore Steel Company remain competitive within their markets.
The award receipients will be announced at a gala event in London on Thursday, May 21st.
CONGRATULATIONS to Jack Schultz for being named one of Central Pennsylvania’s “Top 100 People of 2014” by the B2B publication, PA Business Central.
To read the full article about the 2014 nominee selection process, go to WWW.PABUSINESSCENTRAL.COM or click on the image below.
July 28, 2014
CONGRATULATIONS to the Jersey Shore Steel Fabrication Division for being recognized by PPL Electric Utilities as a member of the E-power Energy-Smart Business Honor Roll!
Being energy efficient demonstrates the kind of awareness and commitment that will lead our communities to better energy and environmental practices!
By BedTimes / May 2014
Rerolled steel supplier , with headquarters in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania, is a finalist in two categories—industry leadership and innovation—in the . Platts, a McGraw-Hill company, is a publisher covering the energy, metals and petrochemical sectors. The 2014 nominees are companies based in 20 countries. This is the second consecutive year Jersey Shore is among the finalists. Award winners will be announced at a London gala May 21.
In a news release, Jersey Shore said it had “made additional operating improvements in 2013 that cut process-water consumption in half, saving hundreds of thousands of gallons every day, and (it) improved yield by optimizing the way final products are sheared from reheated, rerolled railroad (steel).”
Reprinted with permission from BedTimes Magazine
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Business Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Sunday, June 1, 2014 C-5
AROUND THE REGION
The international Platts Global Metals Awards for 2014 received nominations from 20 countries, and for the second straight year Jersey Shore Steel Company is among the finalists.
According to Platts, a McGraw Hill company and leading global energy, petrochemicals and metal information provider, Jersey Shore Steel again has been named a finalist in two categories, “Breakthrough Innovation of the Year” and “Industry Leadership”. The former recognizes “exemplary performance in greater efficiency, higher productivity, better quality, and lower environmental impact.” The Industry Leadership Award recognizes “first movers, venturing away from the status-quo and will to take risks with the courage and conviction to make fundamental changes in the way they operate.”
Already known for making steel with the highest recycled content and lowest embodied energy of any steel on the market, a news release said Jersey Shore Steel made additional operating improvements in 2013 that cut process water consumption in half – saving hundreds and thousands of gallons every day – and improved yield by optimizing the way final products are sheared from reheated, re-rolled railroad T-rail. The innovations are part of a larger commitment to sustainable steel manufacturing that includes using alternative energy to cut fossil fuel use. The company has shared its green practices with the steel industry domestically and abroad, according to the news release.
High strength steel angles and shapes made by Jersey Shore Steel are used in leading brands of furniture, bedding support, orchard and vineyard support systems, and other products, with new uses being explored.
In sharing the news with Jersey Shore Steel employees in Montoursville and Avis, Jack Schultz, company president and CEO, noted the dedication and commitment of the firm’s workforce, who represent, Schultz said, “the best of American manufacturing, once again recognized at the international level.”
Article reprinted with the permission ofWilliamsport Sun-Gazette.